March 22, 2023

Free Preschool Applications Open for 2023-2024 School Year

Eaton County Great Start Readiness Program has openings for 4 year-olds

Charlotte, MI- Eaton County Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is now enrolling students to begin preschool in fall 2023. The program is open to 4 year-old children in Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Maple Valley and Potterville school districts. 

GSRP is Michigan’s state-funded preschool program administered by the Michigan Department of Education. GSRP classrooms are located in each school district throughout Eaton County and offer students play-based learning, socialization and school readiness. 

“Research shows that high-quality preschool programs, like GSRP, help children to become more successful when they enter school, as well as improve health and learning outcomes over a lifetime,” said Jennifer McCaffery, Director of Early Childhood and GSRP principal.

Eaton RESA, the administrator of the GSRP program for Eaton County, uses the Connect 4 Learning curriculum, which focuses on learning domains including language development, literacy, mathematics, science, creative arts, social and emotional development, and physical health and development. Connect 4 Learning is a research-based curriculum, along with an internet-based child assessment system to measure progress and ensure continued improvement.  

To qualify for GSRP for the 2023-2024 school year, children must be 4 years-old before December 1, 2023. GSRP classrooms operate Monday through Thursday and at no cost to many families with transportation provided in most districts.

Interested parents can apply at If you have questions or would like additional information please visit or call 517.541.8724.